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Demonstrations… again

July 27, 2009

After calling the recent presidential elections illegal, Almazbek Atambaev, candidate for presidency from the United People’s Movement – coalition of opposition parties in Kyrgyzstan, stated during the interview to Azattyk (Kyrgyz Service of Radio Liberty) that open-ended “peaceful meetings, protests, and marches will start throughout Kyrgyzstan at 10 pm on July 29, Wednesday.” One of the main aims of demonstrations is to annul the results of presidential election, and to re-held it according to the law.

Today is 27th of July, Monday. Bishkek is calm. There is no feeling in the air of the capital city of upcoming demonstrations of opposition. Most of my friends, like many others fed up with the Bishkek’s heat, are gone to Issyk Kul to chill out on the lake shore. Farmers in the North are busy harvesting wheat, while their colleagues in the South are already planting the second crop on newly harvested wheat fields, and irrigating rice and cotton fields… Given people’s relaxed/busy summer schedule, it will be very hard to opposition to attract as many supporters as they want to have during open-ended demonstrations. Well, thinking logically, a farmer would not leave his crop and participate in a demonstration that does not have a certain end. Let’s see how opposition handles the situation. I will keep the blog updated.

Quick fact lines (for those who may be interested):

- the Central Election Committee stated that during 2009 presidential elections in Kyrgyzstan incumbent president Kurmanbek Bakiev got 76.4% of votes (1,779,417 votes), while Almazbek Atambaev gained 8.4% of total votes.

- Almazbek Atambaev calls the elections illegal and claims that 60% of electorate, who voted on 23rd of July, actually voted for him.

- the Organization for Cooperation and Security in Europe (OSCE) officially stated that Kyrgyz elections “failed to meet key OSCE commitments, despite some positive elements.”

- Presidents of Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan already congratulated Kurmanbek Bakiev with re-election for the second term.

- Almazbek Atambaev goes to Moscow on 26th of July to talk to Duma deputies on Kyrgyz elections.

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